Past Event – Brattleboro, – June 25 – 28, 2015

The Wake Up to Dying Project

Traveling Exhibit & Workshop Schedule

June 25 – 28, 2015 – The River Garden – 157 Main Street – Brattleboro, VT

(All events are free and open to the public)


Thursday & Friday, June 25-26th, 11:00am – 8:00pm

Saturday, June 27th, 10:00am – 8:00pm

Sunday, June 28th, 10:00am – 5:00pm

PLEASE NOTE: The audio portion of the exhibit will be turned off during workshop hours (see below). It will remain on during community dialogues and during the kids & family workshop. The doors will remain open during workshops for visitors to explore other exhibit offerings.


We will host open, facilitated dialogues happening daily at the event site, from 12:30 – 1:30pm. Bring a brown bag lunch for an opportunity to talk about death, dying, and life!


All workshops at the River Garden

Living Well – Dying Well
Thursday, June 25, 5:30 – 7:00pm
What does “living well, dying well” mean to you? To your family? What does it mean individually, and in community? Community members and end-of-life care professionals share what they have learned, offering an opportunity for participants to consider what living well and dying well mean to them.
Carole Lechthaler, RN,MS, CS – Facilities Coordinator, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire
Stewart McDermet – Hospice Volunteer, Brattleboro Area Hospice
Connie Moser, MDiv. – Bereavement Coordinator & Spiritual Counselor, Bayada Hospice
Michele M. Rowland, RN, MSN, LICSW – Director of Quality, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital
Connie Baxter – Bereavement Care Coordinator, Brattleboro Area Hospice

Walking Each Other Home: Stories of Caring for the Dying
Friday, June 26, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Ram Dass once said, “When all is said and done, we’re all just walking each other home.” Come hear personal stories in letter form, told live by those who have cared for others at end-of-life. Letters are presented by professional caregivers and neighbors from your community followed by an open dialogue with the presenters.
Facilitator: Dr. Bob Backus, MD – Grace Cottage Family Health

Creative Exploration of Death and Dying for Kids and Families
Saturday, June 27, 10:00am – 12:30pm
Young people will have the opportunity to create an item/memorial for pets, grandparents, parents, siblings, and other loved ones who have died. They will be encouraged to share their experiences with facilitators and other children. Drop in anytime – stay as long or as little as you like.
Facilitator: Harriet Tepfer, MA – Children’s Grief Counselor
Assistants: Collin Leach – Children’s Grief Volunteer & Patty Dunn – Hospice Program Coordinator, Brattleboro Area Hospice

It’s Your Funeral – Do it Your Way!
Saturday, June 27, 1:30 – 3:00pm
Come learn about the wide variety of choices for funeral and memorial rituals, body disposition, and burial. Explore after-death planning documents, and begin to ponder how to design this experience for a loved one, or for yourself.
Krista Marshall – Home Funeral Guide, Evening Star
Josh Slocum – Executive Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance
Lee Webster – Director, New Hampshire Funeral Resources; President, National Home Funeral Alliance; Board Member, Green Burial Council

Spiritual Perspectives on Death, Dying, and Life
Saturday, June 27th, 7:00 – 8:30pm
How do spiritual beliefs help us think about death, and live better? Join in on a facilitated dialogue about death, dying, and life with spiritual leaders from the community.
Maggid David Arfa – Storyteller; Director of Education, Congregation Beth Israel, North Adams, MA
Cheryl Wilfong – Teacher, Vermont Insight Meditation Center; Hospice Volunteer
Susie Webster-Toleno – Spiritual Counselor, BAYADA Hospice; Pastor, Congregational Church of Westminster West (UCC)

Death and Documents: The Business of Dying
Sunday, June 28, 1:30 – 3:00pm
You know you need to do it….An introduction to the practical “business” elements of aging and end-of-life planning, including wills, trusts, power of attorney, guardianship, health care proxy, advanced directives, assisted living facilities, and relevant insurances. Take care of it now so that your family doesn’t have to later!
Joseph F. Cook, Esq. – Corum Mabie Cook Prodan Angell & Secrest PLC
Megan S. Hawthorne, LCSW – Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire
Cindy Jerome – Executive Director, Holton Home
Joanna Rueter, LICSW – Founder/Director, Sustainable Aging, LLC; Certified Facilitator/Instructor of Respecting Choices®

End-of-Life Planning: One-on-One Q&A Session
Sunday, June 28, 3:00 – 5:00pm
Here’s your opportunity to meet with experts one-on-one to receive information and guidance about end-of-life planning documents and decisions. Start on your advance directive, learn how to appoint a health care proxy, ask questions about physician-assisted death, and/or review an estate planning checklist. Drop in anytime – bring your questions! Several professionals from different backgrounds will be available to answer your questions.

Brattleboro Area Hospice (lead partner), BAYADA Hospice, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Holton Home, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire.


Death Cafe

Wednesday, June 24, 7:00 – 8:30pm – at The Works, 118 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT

Brattleboro Area Hospice and The Works are hosting a Death Cafe! Part of an international movement that started in Europe (, the Death Cafe is dedicated to taking death out of the closet in order to discuss it publicly. This is an opportunity for community to come together in a relaxed comfortable atmosphere, sipping drinks, munching treats, and sharing respectful, engaging, thought provoking and life affirming conversation.

Not a support group or counseling session, or even a workshop . . . simply people sharing respectful, thought provoking, life affirming conversation in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere while sipping drinks and munching treats. Event and munchies are free.

Everyone is welcome, but space is limited to 30 people.  Our previous Death Cafes generally reach the maximum number for the space available.  RSVP’s strongly recommended!  Please call Cheryl Richards at Brattleboro Area Hospice @ 257-0775, Ext. 108, or email – for more info.

12 comments on “Past Event – Brattleboro, – June 25 – 28, 2015
  1. Mary Quinn says:

    I’ll be glad to help any day with any of the workshops in Brattleboro.

  2. Marguerite Monet says:

    I would like to help with the listening project on Friday or Saturday.

  3. Lee Stookey says:

    I could do Thursday from 11:00 [which I gather is when it opens, right… not at 8:00AM?] until 2:00 or 3:00. Maybe another weekend afternoon shift, but not yet sure of plans.

  4. Bettina Berg says:

    Hi Nina,

    I can be available to be part of the End of Life Planning on Sunday afternoon (I have been part of Joanna’s group) and then stay on for take down. I can also be available on Thursday morning to help with set up. There may be some other times as well.


  5. suzanne says:

    Hi Tess and Nina – I am available on the Thursday 3-5.

  6. sara says:

    are any of these counted toward CEUs?

    • Nina says:

      Sorry I missed your question. No, none of the workshops count toward CEU’s at this time. I hope you were able to make it by the event! Take care.

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